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Technology at Health and Education Service

Marathon Kids' responsive platform combines the latest tools and frameworks with an amazing UX to encourage children's health and education.

Marathon Kids

Client

Marathon Kids

Services

Web design and development

Task

Create a website with a dinamic and clean design

Mission

Marathon Kids is a joint solution to improve the quality of life of future generations. It gives each member of a community the chance to encourage children’s participation in sport spaces. Also, it allows users to measure every step and goal achieved.

Impact

It does not only promote sports as a recreational and healthy activity, completely for free. Furthermore, it increases bonds between different community members. This project puts the most advanced technology on behalf of children’s well-being.

Services

We took the spirit of the project to build a light and fast platform. In addition, we took care of every detail to assure a magnificent UX. We create a solid platform for the huge variety of people involved.

Goal

Marathon Kids’ goal is to encourage kids, teachers, and families to get motivated. Moreover, it also leads them on the path to a healthier lifestyle. It takes into account that an inactive childhood, with lack of exercise or bad nutrition, can lead to inactive adulthoods.

###### _That’s why we’re committed to getting kids moving today: so they will be active for life._

Story

This idea was born in 1995, with Kay Morris. She read multiple reports on child obesity rising, and its correlation with lack of exercising within youth. This raised the question: how to share her own love for sports to younger generations? Different studies state that the first ten years of life can modify the long-term commitment with physical activities. These claim that kids need at least one hour of physical activity a day: but only 20% reach it.

Kay got in touch with the ISD of Austin, Texas, and got a strategic alliance with Paul Carroza. While they were expecting 200 kids in the project’s first year, over 1.600 got on board. Nowadays, over 25 years later, over two million kids have been part of it; while also having Nike’s sponsorship. The project will keep working as long as there’s people willing to overcome their obstacles in movement or health.

Challenges

Marathon Kids’ main challenge was to expand the idea of a healthier lifestyle into communities. This had to consider factors like measures of goals, levels of involvement, and precautions to guarantee children’s safety. As a result, our team built a solid structure and base, with data storage and strong metrics, to ease member’s commitment.

That’s when Capicua got fully invested, to create the support this project deserves. We designed profiles for each type of participant, paying attention to Marathon Kids’ core values, like fun and freedom.

Kids

The platform offers a unique ID and QR code for each child. This QR gets scanned both at the beginning and at the end of workouts, to track advances. Moreover, it also counts daily activities: e.g. the system equates 20 minutes of moderate activity with a mile.

Teachers

Teachers get a specific type of user on the app. This user has to be approved not only by the establishment in charge, but also by kids’ parents. In school-related activities, they’re in charge of setting times or distances to achieve goals. Moreover, they can also equate daily activities to add them up in students’ advances.

Parents

Marathon Kids also has a special section created for parents. The intention behind it is to get them involved in their children’s activities. Besides promoting joint exercising, it has sections when parents can access conversation topics, to deepen their bonds.

Entities

This project has spaces for any organization that also looks up to well-being and improving life quality. Camps, churches, OTS programs: any communitarian organization can sign up for free.

In sum, this project not only encourages kids’ improvement of quality of life. It creates deeper relationships between children, with their parents, and with their teachers. Also, it opens dialogues between adults on behalf of youth’s well-being. Furthermore, it’s free for all users, and has support of specialized institutions from every district.

Solutions

The team set helping a ONG to walk forward on an advanced-garde digital transformation as our main challenge. Nowadays, it’s a responsive platform that combines multiple techs in an effective, attractive, and 100% UX-focus way. Furthermore, its goal is to guarantee an excellent service on each person’s daily road to a healthier life.

Worth Mentioning

We created a responsive platform, combining the latest tools and frameworks in a UX focused on children’s health. As a result of this hard joint work, the platform won Best Emerging Technology Solution of EdTech Awards in 2021.

Technology

We applied a huge spectrum of first-level languages and tools with the highest standards. Besides React, React Native, and Node.JS, we included Bitbucket’s Code Repository and Traefik & Ngnix’s Web Server.

Also, our team used PostgreSQL’s Database (RDS AWS) on Dev (T2 small), Stage (T2 large), and Prod (T3 2X large). Moreover, we add a Headless WordPress CMS, Salesforce CRM, and Docker’s containerization.

Design

We completely renew the image of Marathon Kids, endowing it with values like vitality and dynamism. Our team created a UX special graphic line, with a defined palette, and easy to find information for each member. Through our photography curation, we reaffirm aspects like fun and belonging sentiment. Beyond this, a huge priority was to show cultural diversity, a main point for both the company and our team.

We went hard on details to highlight vital information on the homepage. This includes the variety of roles and how each of them can get on board. Along this, the site has testimonies from participants and former participants, sharing their experiences with the project. Also, the homepage shows its latest alliances, such as the one with the giant Nike. The different pages reflect clearly the mechanics of the project. Furthermore, it shows the systems and criteria used to track both daily progress and goals’ achievement. To maintain its communities updated, pages like Mission, FAQs, or News, were also taken care of with special detail.

Their experience helped us define how we need to move forward as an organization.

Derek George, Marathon Kids' Tech Chief.

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